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Whisky Reviews for Tullibardine 1980 MoS
12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.26 points
- The bottle of the Malt is about half full and is open for a few months. At first I probably would not have given more than 88P. But like some old malts, time needs it. After 15 min, it suddenly becomes very fruity in the nose for oranges and lemons. even a light grass note comes through. very ingenious. In places he reminds me of the littlemills 31 years of Cooper choice just not quite like tea. The wood goes back and remains well balanced in raum.bzw. one smells it already a room before :-) the taste is suddenly surprisingly fruity with a light pepper-red and mint? I now taste amazingly good and water does not really need that. The wood and the alcohol are now super integrated and the painting is slowly becoming a real bang. Top
- I must admit, I was a slightly afraid after the first sip that this would be all about the wood. It is not, luckily, but it needs water. The interplay between the different elements is beautiful and develops into an enticing dram. Great experience and I think in between the woods there is something recognisable from the distillery.
The take-off is strong and reasonably alcoholic. Some cherry wood, old wood in an antique shop, some varnish. In fact, it reminds me of a reasonably aged armagnac. Quite austere without any fruits or freshness. Well, maybe very faintly some cherries in the background, and dried peaches. This might need some time and water. Indeed, with water it has softened into a more complex variety of woods, spices and dusty dried fruits, plus one lost strawberry. A nice balance appears, and it becomes better and better. More fruits, in particular dried cherries, apricots, sweets, cakes, and frostings. A beautiful interplay between sherry and wood, with a mix of sweet, spicy and slightly sour.
Strong and tannic on the tongue at first. In fact, very tannic, with lots and lots of extracted wood and wood spices. Water please! Yes, much better, this really opens up with many different spices, all kinds of peppers, paprika powder, koriander, curry powder and curcuma. Also dried fruits like raisins, figs, plums, peaches and pineapples.
A long and dry aftertaste with fresh blueberries, cake crust, caraway, fresh mint, cardamon, and slight dusty.
- An unusual profile, can't say that I like it, but it offers nice complexity and is quality whisky nonetheless.
Slightly metallic at first, iron, rust, then some chalk, hay, herbal notes, anise. After a while more fruity notes emerge with kiwis, gooseberries, mirabelles, green and yellow fruits. Oak. The nose is quite restrained.
Oaky, spicy with pepper, herbs, slightly sweet - toffee, caramel and gentle fruitiness. Like the nose, it's quite comples, but not in-your-face.
Quite long, spicy with pepper, ginger and a touch of sweetness.
- Tullibardine 34 yo 1980 (48,3%, Malts of Scotland 2014, sherry hogshead, ref. MoS 14023, 146 btl.)
Nose: a bit robust at first, but it unfolds slowly. Varnish and paraffin at first. Hay, a little chalk and flinty notes. Quite some floral notes as well. Spicy oak shavings and eucalyptus. In between there are restrained gusts of fruitiness that are hard to define. Mouth: oily, starts spicy and slightly herbal again. Mint and pepper. Waxy notes. Nutmeg. The nicest part is the shot of pink grapefruits and apricots that comes towards the end, as well as a trace of smoke. Oh, and the floral notes are still present. Finish: long, fairly dry, with mint and liquorice, herbs and oak.
Sure, there’s a fair bit of oak in this old Tullibardine, but it’s quality oak. Really multi-faceted, with ups and downs. Around € 200.
- Reviewed by Serge on whiskyfun.com (20/03/2015):
Tullibardine 1980/2014 (48,3%, Malts of Scotland, sherry hogshead, cask #MoS 14023, 146 bottles)Colour: gold. Nose: this time it’s more some metal that’s striking first. A bag of old copper coins, iron… In the background, some fresh butter, cut grass, soot, linseed oil again, leaves and green tea. Just as austere as the 1990, but less yeasty and kind of cleaner. Freshly sawn acacia wood. With water: fun sour wood and Swiss cheese plus marzipan and barley water. Gets quieter over time, more on overripe apples and light caramel. Mouth (neat): fun! Plain oak marinated in pepper, lemon and mint sauce, then covered with marmalade and Campari. I’m not joking. This is unusual, and, yeah, fun. With water: no! It just wouldn’t swim, water letting the oak come to the front. Strong tea and brutal dry spices. More cinnamon than in cinnamon. Finish: long, oaky and peppery. Comments: good, as long as you avoid water – but do you need water at 48% vol.? – it’s really excellent. SGP:461 - 86 points.